Written by Dorothy Tong, Founder Heart of Gong
Since we were born, we have experienced the world with our five senses. Among them, sound may be the first medium we come into contact with. Many mothers like to use music for prenatal education, and many children like to sing, or listen to songs and dance very easily. Many people like to listen to music for relaxation. The pleasant sound makes us feel physically and emotionally happy. Noise, however, make us feel irritable and anxious.
Sound healing is one of the oldest and most natural forms of healing in human history. Harmonious sounds, such as chanting and drumming, have been used since ancient times as a way to calm the mind in many countries and traditions. Generally speaking, sound healing uses one or more musical instruments as the medium. Human voices are of course one of them, so sound healing can also be done in the form of singing and chanting.
The gong is a commonly used sound therapy instrument. It is mainly based on the principle of sound resonance, which leads us to enter meditative state, relax our bodies, and also accelerate the flow of Qi in the body. The vibration of the gong brings relief in tension on a physical level, stimulates the blood circulation and glandular system, and regenerates the parasympathetic nervous system. We will experience a mind-body connection during gong meditation, moving from a state of wakefulness (Beta) to a state of lucid dreaming (Theta); a state in which the body can repair and rejuvenate itself. The sound waves of the gong are delicate and long, penetrating the body and mind, restoring inner peace and harmony.
According to quantum physics, all matter is formed by vibration of sound waves, and each vibration produces a frequency or tone. Music is composed of fixed frequencies, combined in a specific order to form rhythm and melody. The human ear may not necessarily hear the vibrations of sound, but the skin of one of our five senses can, and sound therapy focuses on vibrations rather than melody.
People approaching retirement age have been busy with life. An overly busy life makes the body and mind unconsciously assimilated by the pressure, forgetting what true relaxation is, and it is easier said than done to calm down. Participants in the gong meditation do not need to have any experience in sound therapy or meditation. We just have to simply lie down comfortably on the ground and close our eyes to enjoy Quality Relaxation brought by the gong.
So what is more for gong meditation? What is the experience of the participants during gong meditation? Let's talk next time.